Okay, I'll keep it short and sweet. My municipality is looking to apply for some state transportation enhancement funds. I have about a month to six weeks to put a proposal together. The minimum grant award is $200k, with a max award of $2.5 mil. One of the potential projects on the table is to make infrastructure improvements to enhance the ability of cyclists and pedestrians to get around. The pedestrian portion of this is somewhat obvious - add some sidewalks where there should be sidewalks, crosswalks, bump outs, islands, and so forth.
The bike component of it is tougher. There is no bike culture here and few people beside those who have no other option even walk. Most drive even for short trips, despite the fact that it's a rather dense community.
I could certainly put in for items such as bike racks, but given that
(a) bike racks are inexpensive and the project must have a budget of at least $200k, and
(b) few people ride here, making the addition of something like bike lanes a tough sell given the apparent lack of demand for it -
I'm wondering whether or not it's something worth pursuing at this time. I ride myself and could certainly put together what I would like to see as a cyclist, but that wouldn't be sufficient to get my boss or the politicians to sign off on it. I'm just a minion planner, after all.